Banteay Chhmar has a lot to offer to interested visitors. That goes from visiting 12th century Angkorian Temples – the most famous one called Banteay Chhmar Temple –, Pol Pot Baray, the silk center of Enfants du Mékong to getting an insight into rural life of the Cambodian countryside and its wildlife.
Banteay Chhmar is located in Banteay Meanchey Province in the Northwest of Cambodia.
Banteay Meanchey Town can be reached by National Road 56 from Phnom Penh by a 5 hours drive with bus, minibus or taxi. From Banteay Meanchey Town to Banteay Chhmar it is another 59km by minibus or taxi which takes around 1.5 hours.
Banteay Chhmar was established in 2006 by an NGO called APLC (= Agir pour le Cambodge) and currently is supported by Global Heritage Fund.
Attractions and Activities
Banteay Chhmar consists of a XII century Angkorian temple complex. One of its masterpieces is the so called ‘Temple of the cat’ which is to be renovated by the Global Heritage Fund. It also contains both barays (rectangular water reservoirs) from ancient times and from under the Pol Pot regime. Visitors can explore the temples and barays and do a picnic there. Food will be prepared by a local women’s group. Apart from that visitors can also discover the surrounding rural life by ox-cart, bicycle or Koyun, meet with village people and spend a night in a traditional wooden homestay. To complete people’s interests there is a Mekong Silk center nearby the ecotourism site, too, in which visitors can pursue the process of gaining silk products and can finally buy local products there.
Other personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, transport to Banteay Chhmar and return. CBT Products and services include homestays, ox-cart trips, bicycle and Koyun rental, picnic inside the temples or along the baray prepared by a trained women’s group, performances of traditional music, a rice show and English-speaking local guides.
- Homestay: Room for 1 person $7 (2 person possible)
- Breakfast: $2 per person, Lunch/dinner: $4 per person
- Ox-cart: $5 for one person or a group of four people
- Koyun rental: $6 for one person or for a group of 12 people
- Bicycle rental: $1.5 per bicycle
- Local guide: $5 (for international tourists)
- Traditional music performance: $10
- Rice show: $7
- Temple fee: $5
Facilities around the site
From Banteay Chhmar Sisophon Town is only 65 km away with its bars, restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, markets, etc. Thmor puok, 15 km from Banteay Chhmar, hosts restaurants, markets and karaoke bars as well. Last but not least Banteay Chhmar is close to Poipet from which it is possible to cross borders with Thailand.